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The Michigan Poverty Law Program (MPLP) is a cooperative effort of Legal Services of South Central Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School. MPLP provides state support services to local legal aid programs and other poverty law advocates. Our office is located at 220 E. Huron Street, Suite 600a, Ann Arbor, 48104

Please consult our recently launched companion site,, where we provide legal information and resources for Michigan residents who are representing themselves in civil legal matters.


DHS has created a search-able database of hearing decisions.

Recent Issue Alerts

Jul 09, 2008

Caseworkers at the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) must assist individuals who need and request help to complete forms. In addition, caseworkers must also assist individuals who claim a disability impairs their ability to gather information and verification.

Jul 01, 2008

The number of extensions of the time limit to return verifications for Medicaid applicants and recipients has been increased from once to three times.

Jul 01, 2008

Children in this category are transitioning from foster care to adulthood. Children aging out of foster care on their 18th birthday are eligible for Foster Care Transition Medicaid (FCTMA) from age 18 through their 21st birthday.

Jul 01, 2008

Income limits have been updated for Healthy Kids, AD-Care,Medicare Savings Program, QDWI,Freedom to Work, Adult Medical Program, RAP-Medical and Transitional Medicaid Plus (TMA-Plus) and MI-Child

Jun 09, 2008

Food Assistance recipients in households that lost food in June due to flooding or loss of power caused by storm activity should request replacement benefits within 10 days of the occurrence.

Apr 16, 2008

Effective April 1, 2008, women who have other health insurance can qualify for Plan First!

Apr 07, 2008

Proposed and Current CDC Providers will be disqualified if data match shows they have been charged with “listed” crimes.

Apr 07, 2008

Medicaid applicants and recipients will only be given a single extension of time for providing requested verifications, even if they are making a good faith effort to get the requested items and even if they request additional time

Apr 07, 2008

Effective April 2008, Young adults “aging out” of foster care will remain eligible for Medicaid until they turn 21

Apr 03, 2008

Effective April 2008, DHS will have 90 days to process a Medicaid applications when the applicant’s disability is at issue

Mar 15, 2008

Individuals seeking Medicaid will have longer to spend their retroactive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security (RSDI) benefits under new policy excluding the retroactive awards as being counted as assets for 9 months after they are received, when determining eligibility for “SSI-related Medicaid” (Medicaid for persons who are disabled, blind or elderly (65+) )

Feb 15, 2008

Some low-income workers and recipients of Social Security (Title II), certain veterans’ benefits and certain Railroad Retirement benefits may qualify for economic stimulus payments this year from the federal government.

Feb 12, 2008

Penalties for noncompliance with child support requirements appear to violate state law and policy when triggered by noncompliance of an ineligible grantee or disqualified grantee

Jan 09, 2008

The maximum number of authorized care hours is being decreased from 100 to 90 hours per pay period per child for all CDC providers. The maximum allowable provider billing limits is also being reduced for in-home day care aides, relative care providers, family and group child care homes.

Jan 08, 2008

Applicants and recipients must comply with all requests for action or information needed by DHS to establish paternity and/or obtain child support on behalf of children for whom they receive assistance, unless a claim of good cause for not cooperating has been granted or is pending. In the past, there was no sanction if good cause was not found and that person was ineligible for benefits. New policy states that the entire group will be sanctioned, including FIP cases whose grantee is ineligible or disqualified.